So you may have wound up declaring after a few glasses of bubbles on NYE that 2016 is going to be different. This year you’ll be career focused, watch the sunrise, eat healthy and loose weight.
The problem with New Year resolutions is that they are hard to stick to and most people fail to keep them. However having a clear mind and having your life in order allows you to have a better chance at achieving those goals.
Getting organised in your life and career is a great way to start a new year and de-cluttering your home is the perfect starting point.
After Christmas it’s easy to accumulate more than we need, making your home untidy. Although the good news is that it’s not hard to do and once you’ve got a rhythm it’s easy to maintain.
Set 15 minutes aside every day
If a big home clean out feels like too daunting a task – and fair enough too, if it’s been awhile – break it up into chunks. Pick a day or a time every day to do something small to improve your home e.g. clean out the fridge or re-organise your wardrobe. Only fifteen minutes.
That’s less painful, right?
Dump, sell/donate, keep
You get three categories, three categories only. Stuff you’ll throw away, stuff that’s still got legs in it – just not for you, and stuff you want to keep. Be ruthless.
Remember the silver lining – there are things in there that you can make money from. And if not make money, make somebody’s life much better.
Use the Twelve Months Rule
If in doubt as to whether you should keep something, ask the question, “Have I used this in the last twelve months?”
If the answer is no, and there’s no sentimental value, seriously consider curb-siding it.
The same, cruel truth applies to clothes, especially if you no longer fit into them. On the plus side, this makes room for more clothes.
Which leads us to…
The Pod Wardrobe
A little more on the extreme end of de-cluttering, but on the upside, it’s de-cluttering with the end-goal of shopping.
The pod wardrobe is a minimalist approach to fashion. A woman, for example, depending on her situation may get by each season with a black dress, black pants, blue jeans, white shirt, denim jacket and so forth. There are variations on this, dependent on lifestyle, but it limits the amount of clothes one may possess at any given time.
It also saves time getting dressed. Minimalistic and lazy.
Treat Yourself – Fun Ways To Store Your Stuff
Source: The Budget Decorator
De-cluttering isn’t just about throwing things away – it’s about clearing room. Part of this involves finding a new spot for the things you’re keeping. Storage can be decorative, not just functional – if you listen to Pinterest, all your things belong in Mason jars.
Well, you needn’t go that crazy, but have fun scouring op shops for decorative bowls to store jewellery or stationery in. Utilise jars with home-printed labels in your kitchen.
At the very least, allocate a drawer for socks and undies – and stick to it.
All of these tips to de-clutter your home will help you achieve more this year and hopefully tick off those resolutions.